Arizona State University uses advanced technology and a robust interface for online courses. Our prominent faculty and instructional designers build interactive courses with everything you need in one place. Most courses are asynchronous, which means there are no set log-in times. You can enroll in fall, spring and summer classes.
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Online class technology and flexibility
Canvas is a web-based course management system that creates engaging and meaningful learning experiences.
A discussion forum facilitates communication with peers.
Canvas’ calendar feature populates all class assignments.
Course modules unify content into structural components.
Instructors can easily give feedback on assignments.
ASU Online classes allow for the utmost flexibility in how you participate and complete your assignments.
Direct and individualized support from faculty, 100% online.
Canvas tutorials available as well as dedicated tech support.
Most courses are completely asynchronous (at your own pace).
Professors host virtual office hours and are available via email.
To be prepared for courses and exams from ASU Online, you'll need access to:
A computer desktop or laptop.
A reliable, high speed internet connection.
At least two browsers (Chrome and FireFox preferred).
Google Drive, My ASU and any program-specific software.
Our prominent faculty and instructional designers custom create online courses that are unique to ASU.
A suite of support services personalized to your goals.
Custom learning objects like videos, interactives and graphics.
Same faculty and curriculum as in-person courses on ASU campuses.
How online courses work
Our online classes take place in Canvas, an industry-leading learning management platform. You’ll have access to a discussion forum, calendar, course modules, technical support and more. You can get a glimpse into what it’s like being in an online course with our course tour video.
On your schedule, but not alone
College is about connection and community. That’s why our online courses include a number of interactive activities to enable media-rich discussions, authentic assessments and personalized feedback.
Collaborate with peers
In ASU Online courses, you can interact and collaborate with your peers through discussion boards, Slack channels, virtual meetings and more. This facilitates active learning and shared knowledge.
Receive feedback from faculty
ASU Online offers a rich, engaging learning experience with dedicated faculty. Faculty members provide responsive feedback and answer questions in community forums, discussion boards and virtual office hours.
Engage with course content
Our classes are designed with advanced technology, high-quality media and prominent faculty to promote engagement. From at-home labs to virtual simulations, you’ll constantly be immersed in your courses.
Learning like never before
As an online student at ASU, your courses will go beyond textbooks and lectures to include innovative new learning technologies designed to promote student engagement and success. You can access personalized coursework in adaptive learning classes, complete interactive virtual labs, problem solve in immersive virtual worlds and more depending on your program.
Find classes in the course catalog
You can browse an array of online courses with ASU’s course catalog. Determine subjects that interest you or search for required courses in your program of choice.
ASU Online courses are different from traditional courses but not harder. Online courses use the same curriculum as in-person courses. Our courses occur on an intuitive online platform with simple, easy-to-navigate menus and features. They also include straightforward and trouble-free technology and tools.
Because most ASU Online classes are completely online, it’s helpful to be good with computers. At a minimum, you need a computer that can access the internet, preferably with a high-speed connection. You should have access to email, productivity software like Microsoft Office and other applications needed to perform a variety of educational functions. ASU offers Microsoft 365 to currently enrolled students free of charge. Many classes that require advanced or special applications offer tutorials, or tutorials are made available at ASU to ensure you are able to perform required tasks online.
If you get stuck, ASU has a 24/7 help desk that can answer questions and help resolve problems. Call 855-278-5080 or use the Help Desk Chat.
The rate at which you complete your degree is dependent on you. Most online courses are in an accelerated format that's 7.5 weeks long. If you want to earn a degree faster, you can take courses during the summer and enroll in the max credit hours each semester. Accelerated degrees are also available.
The majority of our degree programs are offered entirely online with no campus visits required. However, there are a couple of programs that require occasional campus attendance for in-person labs or capstone experiences. Your success coach or academic advisor will let you know if this is a requirement for your program.
Most of the materials needed for online courses, including some textbooks, are available online. However, some courses do use textbooks that are not available online, meaning you would have to purchase the physical textbook. Textbook costs are not included in tuition.
No, ASU Online does not require students to schedule or take any exams in person. Although all exams are online, some might still be proctored to monitor academic integrity using Respondus Lockdown Browser or other software.